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Designing to a Child's View ​ ​The Early Childhood and Elementary Schools we visited were full of "child-sized" spaces. This was ​particularly the case at the Oregon Episcopal Lower School (OES) by Hacker Architects; the Gladstone Center for Children & Families by DOWA ; and the Trillium Creek Primary School by DOWA-IBI Group Architects. It was great to see furniture that was personalized and tailored to the students in each learning environment. In contrast to the stark and often sterile environments that exist throughout many schools across the US, there was a very organic nature to the furniture in these schools, which seemed to express well ...
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Your home is a system at its basis. It is always possible to improve performance and save money if you know how to reduce building loads. Installing appliances and systems that are of an appropriate size is necessary. Generally speaking, oversizing will increase costs and worsen performance. The really good news is that you do not need to invest a lot of money into making huge changes. AccuServ , leading AC service providers, highlight many different small changes that make huge differences on the long run. The truth is that making a home really energy-efficient is something that will be highly beneficial in the long run. This is what you are interested ...
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There are many different building materials that can be considered by architects and builders at the moment. This is definitely something that is great since we have access to options for all different needs. While steel is gaining popularity, together with different other materials, wood is still among the most used. Why is that? Wood is definitely an interesting opportunity that is popular even among the popular constructors like Excel Builders . According to them, the biggest advantages even architects love are the following. Creating Energy Efficient Homes Energy leakage is going to be really low when using wood. When looking to keep coolness ...
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AIA COTE 2017 Forum

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By Karen Robichaud Thank you to everyone who joined us last month at the COTE Forum! For those who weren’t able to join us, we hosted a number of rapid-fire roundtable discussions, ranging from social media advocacy to the resilience working group to the 2030 Commitment to a Mini Hackathon. Our two-hour session was filled with lively conversations, none more so than our Mini Hackathon focused on hacking for change in regards to the proposed 2018 Federal Budget. "I was really enthusiastic about this event because it provided a chance for newcomers to the concept of resilient design to sit with experts who were drawn to the topic. We ...
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A few months ago the newly formed COTE Advocacy committee drafted a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and requested signatures of support from architecture and design firms. The letter framed the importance of programs — Energy Star and the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) in particular — not just in their work preserving the environment and resources but also citing them as critical for the practice of sustainable design and construction. The letter, addressed to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and coordinated through the advocacy team at the American Institute of Architects (AIA), received a wonderful amount of ...
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Voices of Leadership

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Anne Schopf Joins AIA COTE Advisory Group by Kira Gould Each year, there are new appointments to the AIA Committee on the Environment’s national Advisory Group, known as “the AG” (learn more about the AG application/selection process here ). This year, the new members are Anne Schopf, FAIA, partner at Mahlum Architects (Seattle), profiled below; Marsha Maytum, FAIA, founding partner of Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects (San Francisco), profiled in March/April ; and Varun Kholi, AIA, Sustainable Design Leader at HOK (New York), profiled in next month’s newsletter. Anne Schopf, FAIA, has been active for many years with AIA Seattle ...
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From the moment I learned back in December that the CAE Spring Conference would be in Portland this year, I had been waiting in eager anticipation, hopeful that I would be able to attend.  Thanks to a Scholarship from AIA National (and the generosity of my lovely wife for staying home with our daughter), I am now three days into the conference and loving every moment!  Having now seen a part of the country I had longed to see, and having immersed myself in hours of conversations with like-minded architects who also have a passion for pushing the boundaries of Educational Design for the 21st Century, I was not in the least bit disappointed.  Oregon has ...
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The design and construction of buildings in the US today often include assumptions, or better yet Owner Project Requirements 4 , about how well the building will perform over a given time. In the case of energy and comfort performance, the as-built performance characteristics of the exterior building enclosure thermal insulation, radiant heat transfer, and air leakage are completely essential. While much has been written about how well thermal insulation performs over time on roofs and walls and how well low emissivity insulated glazing performs over time, these systems categorically perform as expected especially since we now widely understand ...
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Architecture is a specific world of human imagination. Due to the magnificent and brilliant ideas of the architects, one can see numerous creations that amaze everyone. It’s not that easy to follow the modern novelties. At times it is so difficult that such problems like “Who can do my essay ?”, “What auto is more dependable?” or “Which style of interior or exterior should I choose?” are pretty similar. Why is it difficult to follow the modern developments in architecture? Well, first of all, this sphere of human activity is on a constant move. Therefore, each year or even faster, there appear new trends. Secondly, some architects implement hardly visible ...
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By Emily McGlohn, AIA, NCARB and Austin Schnitzlein Have you ever heard someone misuse building performance terminology such as vapor retarder, rainscreen, or moisture barrier? Have you ever asked yourself what these words mean to the other person? There’s a good chance your meaning is different from their understanding. Objective Building performance terminology can be confusing when meanings are ambiguous. Misunderstanding creates confusion that leads to mistakes in construction and inefficiencies in operation. Many terms used in design documentation and everyday discussion are loosely defined. The AIA’s Building Performance ...
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Designing a home is a dream of many. It’s the best way to make sure your home is totally unique and that it perfectly meets both your needs and tastes. There are many options when it comes to home design. You could, for example, be starting from scratch and completely designing and building your own home. Or you might be buying a home with the intention of completely renovating and remodeling. Whichever of these options describes your situation, here are some things you need to consider. Location In many ways, the location of your home will depend on where you are in your life. You might be looking for somewhere to retire and relax, in which case ...
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Submittal triage By Bill Schmalz, FAIA A CCA white paper, submitted May 4, 2017    The word triage (from a French word meaning "sorting" or "selecting") was used by the French military during World War I to describe the process of quickly evaluating wounded soldiers and prioritizing their treatment. Field doctors sorted the wounded into three categories: (1) those who weren't likely to live no matter what care they received, (2) those who were likely to live even if they received no immediate care, and (3) those who might live but only with immediate care. The doctors then focused their attention on the third group, where immediate care could ...
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Modern architecture seems to automatically dismiss wood but this may be a mistake in various cases. Different types of wood have different advantages, like the benefits of Western Red Cedar . You would need to take a look at individual wood properties but generally speaking, wood is anisotropic, hygroscopic and organic. It has electrical, working, aesthetic, mechanical, acoustic and thermal benefits that can be considered. The important things are mentioned below.  Thermal Properties When temperature changes most materials will end up with different volume and size, usually expanding when the temperature increases. The expansion will cause material ...
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Greetings readers, Welcome to the first Blueprints for Senior Living in 2017. The theme is interior architecture and how it affects the way seniors live and interact. We hope you'll consider submitting an article for the next issue on universal design. Articles could feature buildings, products and environments that are inherently accessible to older people, people without disabilities, and people with disabilities. Please send the title of your proposed article and a short paragraph describing its contents to DFA@aia.org by July 12, 2017 . We ask that articles be original submissions (no previously published work) and 200-800 words in length. You ...
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As you relax on your couch after a long day of work, you want to say “home, sweet home”, however, it doesn’t feel like that anymore. You have had on your mind an improvement project for some time now, but you are always on a tight budget. However, you don’t really need to worry about that. With low-cost, but strategic and creative solutions, you can offer your home an impressive makeover on a budget. 1. Get organised A house cramped with furniture, decorations, and clothes is hard to keep clean and tidy. If you are a hoarder or you get emotionally attached to objects, ask a friend to help you separate what is necessary from what is not . The discarded ...
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By Jessie Santini, IIDA, LEED AP BD+C / Blueprints for Senior Living newsletter, May 2017 Garden Spot Village, New Holland, PA / PHOTO: Nathan Cox Photography Interior design for senior living has changed significantly in the last several decades. While many people associate senior living with the sterile environments of the mid-century nursing home, the reality is that today’s senior living residences are more closely linked with hospitality design than with hospital design. In particular, food service and dining design has shifted towards hospitality, providing a sense of activity and destination for residents. Communities ...
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By Myles Brown, AIA, LEED AP / Blueprints for Senior Living newsletter, May 2017 A majestic 100-year-old oak organizes a 12-unit addition to Duncaster Retirement Community’s Assisted Living Memory Care Neighborhood in Bloomfield, CT, symbolizing strength, endurance, protection, success and stability to its residents. The over-arching criterion for the facility was to design for cognitive clarity, simplicity, and way-finding ease to create a homelike environment that would promote health, wellness and safety for residents with dementia. Site and light The site, distinguished by elevated earthen barriers along the east and west, pinched ...
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Sunrise of Dublin

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By Nicole Bergquist, NCIDQ, EDAC and Meredith Driscoll  / Blueprints for Senior Living newsletter, May 2017 The Design Department at Sunrise Senior Living strives to champion the quality of life for all seniors. Their passion for the company’s mission statement is evident throughout their work at Sunrise of Dublin. Every detail of the building is designed with the aging population in mind. Well-proportioned rooms for both large and intimate gatherings within public spaces, specially curated artwork provides visual memory cues to assist with wayfinding and spark conversation, and an overall warmth emanates from the brightly colored fabric and finish ...
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While I was working on my online assignment project on architectural styles, I had to look through and analyze plenty of architectural styles starting with the renaissance, baroque and ending with modern and futuristic styles. The modern architecture was the style that came to my liking more than any other. After looking through a variety of models I came to a rather interesting conclusion. Modern architecture is truly a universal piece of art. Every person can find something special in this style even if he or she has sympathy to other architectural types. If you have any doubts please read on and maybe you‘ll change your opinion after looking through ...
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